Best Hardware – Singletrack Reader Awards 2019 Finalists

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These are the bits you attach to your bike. Maybe they come on a complete bike, maybe you replace something old, or maybe you just upgrade to something even more better. Whatever it is, from bells to brakes, hardware goes on you bike. Here’s the pick of the bunch for this year.

The Finalists – Best Hardware

Maxxis Minion DHRII

While previous editions of the Minion DHR might have had you sliding everywhere, the DHR II is a whole new Minion, and it’s so good it’s everywhere. Whether it shipped on your bike as spec, or you’ve added it yourself, there’s a very good chance you have ridden this tyre. Performing across a whole bunch of conditions regularly encountered in the UK, it become an all round favourite and as numerous as those damned yellow creatures your kids love.

Rev Grips

Squawks of ‘How Much?!’ were countered by cried of ‘But they WORK!’. These £99 grips may have raised an eyebrow but their performance has dampened both the scepticism and the trail chatter. Adjustable elastomer inserts and an internal sleeve enable the shakes from the trail to be dissipated, and the many fans claim they’re just what’s needed to keep arm pump at bay during big descents and punishing races.


Everywhere else in the world we’re going wireless, but until SRAM AXS landed, bikes had fallen behind. And then we all went ‘Ahh, we didn’t know we wanted that, but LOOK AT THAT RAINBOW CASSETTE, take our money!’. As well as looking pretty and ridding our bikes of superfluous wiring its new wireless range promises perfect shifting (or dropper dropping) every time . With pick and mix controls across the road and MTB range, plus app based customisation, you can get everything set up exactly as you want it. The early adopters love it, does it get your vote?

Vote and win!

Just for voting in this year’s awards you could be in with a chance of winning a Shimano shoe and pedal combo, courtesy of

Competition T&Cs:

  • You must vote in all categories to be entered in the draw.
  • Don’t ride spds? A flat combo is available
  • Lazer Impala helmet is available in a choice of black or white only
  • No cash alternative available.
  • If your shoe or helmet size is not available Freewheel will provide an alternate prize of equivalent value and status.

Ready to vote?

If you’ve checked out all the categories and finalists then you are ready to cast your votes. Don’t forget that to be entered into our voter prize draw you need to vote in all categories.

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Amanda Wishart

Singletrack Art Director

When Amanda arrived at Singletrack she had only been riding for a couple of years, but having already ticked off a healthy list of uplifts and races including Megavalanche, we didn’t see any problems with her keeping up. Previously serving 11 years in a publishing house, she was keen to continue her art and design career without being tied to a desk, and has progressed as both a rider and a designer from all the fresh air Calderdale offers.

She began mountain biking to keep herself occupied out of snowboard season, but bikes have since taken over as the preferred sport. It’s not a hobby - it’s a lifestyle, and the impact riding has had on Amanda’s life is more than just how she chooses to spend her weekends. Relocating to Calderdale, giving up driving, being more eco aware are all either directly or loosely related to the sport and the future of it.

Her love of bikes isn’t for the adrenalin rush, the exercise, achieving goals or even the travelling, it’s mostly about the people she meets along the way. She’s our in-house tree hugger and is interested in any earth positive products and vegan trail snacks.

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